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to have you. >>> in the wake of the 2010 midterm elections, a fight broke out in washington over what had been a routine piece of washington business. republicans threatened to vote to force the country to default on its loans. this he were not going to raise the debt ceiling, remember. president obama responded in a prime time address to the nation. he asked the american people to get involved in that fight he was having with the republicans. he asked the american people to get involved directly. >> the american people may have voted for divided government but they didn't vote for a dysfunctional government. so i'm asking you all to make your voice heard. if you want a balanced approach to reducing the deficit, let your member of congress know. if you believe we can solve this problem through compromise, send that message. >> let your member of congress know. send that message said the president. the american people did. so many american people did that congressional websites and phone lines crashed after the president's speech. house phone circuits were so overwhelmed that an alert went
to washington. and now today to them it seems so close they can taste it. because although john kerry is still a senator from massachusetts, after his very high-profile role in the obama campaign and speaking gig at the democratic national convention, after that john kerry's name was put forward as one possibility, a leading possibility to succeed hillary clinton as secretary of state. that, of course, would result in him leaving his senate seat after all, which would mean there would be a temporary ae re placement appointed and then there would have to be another special election to fill the rest of his term where scott brown would be the republican nominee again. which would be the best chance of putting a republican in the senate any time soon. which is why republicans got so excited when john kerry's name was floated. his name was floated along with one other name for that job. republican senators were very, very quick to point out that they really prefer john kerry to be the nominee for secretary of state. a ringing endorsement for john kerry from republicans in washington. because if joh
with breaking news out of washington. "the washington post" is reporting tonight that president obama is considering massachusetts senator john kerry as his new secretary of defense. that's right, defense. putting the decorated veteran and former presidential candidate in charge at the pentagon and not at the state department, as had been widely speculated. "the washington post" is sourcing its reporting to unnamed senior administration officials. senator kerry is also not commenting tonight. if senator kerry does move to the cabinet for defense or any other post, there will be an immediate political question for the democrats as to what happens to his u.s. senate seat in massachusetts. senator kerry had mostly been talked about as a potential replacement for secretary of state hillary clinton. the post reporting tonight that that nomination for secretary of state is instead almost certain to go to united nations ambassador susan rice. republicans tried to make into a scandal susan rice's comments after the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. her comments that the attack was though
washington was consumed with two major issues. the first was the start of negotiations to head off a deliberate crisis that d.c. created for itself so they could come to a few new deal between the parties and between the president and congress on spending and taxes and the deficit. that negotiation started today. the white house said top level white house staffers will be continuing those negotiations that started today, even while the president is off on this big, historic trip to asia. the other thing consuming washington today is many tentacled congressional investigation into what happened in libya back in september when the u.s. ambassador and three other americans were killed in an attack on a u.s. consulate there. in the midst of his own still-unfolding sex scandal the recently and suddenly resigned head of the cia, david petraeus, testified to congress today about libya behind closed doors. we'll have more on that in a moment. but while all of this is unfolding in american politics, globally and in washington, there's a whole other level of things unfolding in american poli
day in washington today. you sort of expect after a national presidential election that you could get a few days of afterglow. let it all sink in with no big new things happening. maybe that was the way it went over the last couple of days. that definitely ended today starting with this. >> thank you. thank you, everybody. thank you. now that those of us on the campaign trail have had a chance to get a little sleep, it's time to get back to work and there's plenty of work to do. as i said on tuesday night, the american people voted for action not politics as usual. you elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours. and in that spirit, i've invited leaders of both parties to the white house next week so we can start to build consensus around the challenges that we can only solve together. at a time when our economy is still recovering from the great recession, our top priority has to be jobs and growth. that's the focus of the plan that i talked about during the campaign. >> president obama spoke publicly the night that he won his second term when he gave his basic victory speech in chica
. but it also raises questions about the way that big business wields its power in washington. how they wield their power and what they are capable of getting for themselves when they want something. i raise that question today in one specific context. we are at the moment when not just newly-elected senators, but incumbents are looking to get their assignments and what kind of work they are able to get done as senators. after the basic question of whether or not you can get elected, your assignment once you're in the senate is the most important thing about a senator's power in terms of what kind of impact you can have in d.c. if you want to influence policy in the senate, step one is get elected. step two is get on the right committees, and step three is try to take over your favorite committee. try to become the chair. both parties have their specific rules on how the assignments are made. the republicans have a term limit rule for being chairman or the top ranking republican on a committee. after six years, you have to roll over. you have to move on to a new place unless you can get a spe
in washington, everybody in politics right now so focused on figuring out what's going to happen in the obama administration's second term. there are two components. one is policy and fighting it out with congress like you saw the president in the east room. the other side of what everybody is obsessed with right now is who is the obama administration for the president's second term? and when andrea mitchell got on the air today and announced that general david petraeus was resigning immediately as head of the cia, that second question in washington, the question of who is going to hold the most important jobs in the obama administration now, who is going to run the country on a day-to-day basis. the thing that everybody knows is going to change, at 2:51 today when andrea got on the air, that stuff started to change already when she broke this news about general petraeus. we're going to speak with richard angle about that in a moment, we're also talking with andrea about her scoop today. but in order to appreciate how big a deal this is, how not just consequential but further consequential th
the president is not going to be shying away from that fight. big news from washington tonight. >>> the context for the start of a second term here in terms of this president could not be more stark. we think about this historically. when ronald reagan was reelected in 1984, ronald reagan won this many states on the electoral map. you can stop your counting. he won 49. ronald reagan, 49 states. it was a landslide. look at the electoral vote tally. ronald reagan, 525, walter mondale, 13. president reagan decided what he was going to sail toward, what he would prioritize after that overwhelming endorsement of him as president, what he would work on was war in central america. >> president reagan warned of a new danger, support for the leftist government from nicaragua. the president sees that as still another reason we should renew our support of the rebels. >> a new danger we see in central america is the support being given by gadhafi's libya and most recently iran. >> the iranian connection was brought up as he put pressure on congress to resume funding for the rebels in nicaragua. >> counteri
successor for that job is due to have his confirmation hearings in washington tomorrow. well, today at his first post-re-election press conference, the president largely deflected questions about who he would be appointing to all the top jobs in the administration for his second term. he deflected those questions today with one notable exception. one notable exception that just about took the roof off that room today. did you see this? >> senator john mccain and senator lindsey graham both said today that they want to have watergate-style hearings on the attack at the u.s. consulate in benghazi. and that if you nominate susan rice for secretary of state, they will do everything in their power to block her nomination. as senator graham said, he simply doesn't trust ambassador rice after what she said about benghazi. i would like your reaction to that and would those threats deter from making a nomination like that? >> first of all, i'm not going to comment at this point on various nominations that i'll put forward to fill out my cabinet for the second term. those are things that are still b
that are wrong. being wrong on the sunday shows is obviously not a disqualifying thing in washington, right? you don't have to stop being a senator or stop being a presidential candidate or stop being a major administration official, just for saying something wrong on a sunday show. it may be should mean that you don't get to do the sunday shows so much, though, right? this is all of 2012, right here. we are obviously mid-november right now. all of the dates in red on this calendar here, those are all of the sundays we have had this year. this is how many times john mccain has been on the sunday shows in that time. uh-huh, yes. people are sometimes wrong. it happens. but that is not a reason for us as a country to not have a secretary of state, right? i mean, when you are wrong a lot on the sunday shows, it may be a reason to not keep putting that same old wrong guy on the sunday shows, but not having a secretary of state, no. actually, there's no reason not to keep putting john mccain on the sunday shows. look, this sunday, john mccain appearing exclusively to share his views on benghazi, all t
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